Between 70 and 85% of pregnant women in the US choose abortion on learning their fetus could have an intellectual disability. But when US mother Keri Young found she was carrying a baby without a brain, she made an unthinkably selfless decision — carry Eva to term to donate the organs to other babies in need.
Everything changed after the 19th week. An ultrasound revealed that Eva didn’t have a brain.
Keri’s husband, Royce said, “I thought back to the moment where we found out Eva wasn’t perfect, and how literally 30 seconds after our doctor told us our baby doesn’t have a brain, somehow through full body ugly crying, Keri looked up and asked, “If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?”
“There I was, crestfallen and heartbroken, but I momentarily got lifted out of the moment and just stood in awe of her,” said Royce about his wife.
“I was a spectator to my own life, watching a superhero find her superpowers. In literally the worst moment of her life, finding out her baby was going to die, it took her less than a minute to think of someone else and how her selflessness could help. It’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced.
“In the eight years we’ve been married (and 15 years together) I’ve had a lot of moments stop me in my tracks where I thought, “holy crap, this woman I’m married to, lucky me.” But this one was different. It hit me that not only am I married to my very best friend, but to a truly remarkable, special human being,” said Mr Young.
Eva has a cerebellum and that is what controls all her movement and keeps her heart beating and little body growing. Her eyes are a little larger than most but aside from her defects, she is completely normal.
Meeting mama and daddy.
The decision to donate baby Eva’s organs wasn’t the only reason Keri wanted to carry her to full term.
Mr Young said, “We made our choice to carry Eva to full term for a lot of reasons, but the first and foremost was to donate her organs. We don’t say that to try and sound like great people or anything. It was just a practical endgame that in our minds, before we came to the realization Eva is alive and our daughter deserves to meet her mama and daddy, gave us a purpose to continue on.”